Position

Deputy Dean in the School of Social and Policy
Women's Studies

Biography

After completing my PhD about South Australian women's experiences of illegal abortion (before 1970), and almost a decade working and teaching at Flinders and Adelaide University, in 1999 I went to the University of Tasmania in Hobart where I coordinated the Gender Studies program for seven years. I have been in the discipline of Women's Studies at Flinders University since 2006.

Qualifications

BA (Flinders, 1979)

Grad Dip (Women's Studies) (SACAE, 1988)

PhD (Flinders, 1999)

Honours, awards and grants

ARC Discovery grant 2005-2007: Reconfiguring inimate life: Gender and sexuality as site of national redefinition in Australia since 1996

2010 & 2012:  Flinders University Nominee for the UniJobs Lecturer of the Year
2003: Dorothy Award for Creativity at the Gala Awards Night for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community in Tasmania
1993: Co-recipient of SA Equal Opportunity Award on behalf of Lesbian and Gay Community Action (LGCA)

Key responsibilities

Honours Coordinator, Women's Studies

I am a member of the Editorial Boards of Outskirts and the Journal of Australian Studies.

Teaching interests

My teaching interests include introductory and upper level women's and gender studies, with special interests in sexualities, masculinities, gender and sexuality in Australian history, the gendered and raced dimensions of public and private memory and commemmoration, media and cultural identities, feminism and feminist theory and in the voices and perspectives of Indigenous women.

Topic Coordinator:

  • HIST2022  Memory and the Poltiics of Difference: Sex, Race and belonging
  • WMST1002  Gender, Power and Change
  • WMST2016  Indigenous Women's Voices
  • WMST3009  Sexualities: Perspectives, Pleasures, Poltiics
  • WMST3012  Performing Masculinities
  • WMST7026  Critique and Construct in Women's Studies

Research expertise

  • Cultural studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Historical studies
  • Sexuality Studies
  • Women's Studies

Research interests

General interests: The cultural politics and histories of sexuality and reproduction in Australia; abortion; feminism in Australia; 'intersectional' approaches to gender and sexuality issues; representations of children and 'the child'; critical race and whiteness theories in Australian contexts; Indigenous studies; memory and representations of the past.

My research focus over recent years has been the racialised nature of gender and sexuality politics during 'the Howrad era' in Australia (1996-2007). This has generated numerous journal articles anda book manuscript.

My current focus is a new project that is investigating the cultural history of the practice of abortion in Australia since the early 1990s.

I am also part of a research group with colleagues from Macquarie University and the Univesrity of Newcastle that is investigating the history of 'sexual citizenship' in Australia since the late 1960s.

A third current project focuses on the race and gender politics of the criminalisation of the transmission of HIV infection in Australia.

Supervisory interests

  • Abortion and maternity
  • Australian Indigenous studies
  • Critical race and whiteness studies in Australian contexts
  • Feminist and queer approaches to Australian history
  • History and cultural politics of sexuality and reproduction

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Negotiating, and resisting, gender norms in Far North Queensland (joint with Social Work) (1) ; Cultures of gender and sexuality in relation to to HIV/AIDS in Papua (jointly with Population Studies) (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Feminism, Archives and History (joint with History) (1) ; Spousal violence in Bangladesh: ‘problem wives’ and shelter homes (jointly with Social Work) (1) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : The experience of 'floating sex workers' in Bangladesh (1) ; Wired and Dangerous: Maternal Bodies in Cyber(cultural)space (1) ; A Place in the Empire: Negotiating the Life of Gertrude Kenny (1) ; The Gendered Newsroom: Embodied Subjectivity in the Changing World of the Media (1) ; Uses of performance to prevent rape and sexual assault (joint with Drama) (1) ; Women filmmakers in post New Order Indonesia (jointly with Flinders Asia Centre) (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Representations of maids in Argentinian literature (joint with History) — Associate (1) ;

RHD Student Achievements

  • Anitra Goriss-Hunter
    Australian Women's & Gender Studies Association biennial prize for Best PhD thesis - November 2012

Publications

  • Baird, B. (2014). The Politicss of Homosexuality in Howard's Australia. In Lisa Featherstone, Rebecca Jennings & Robert Reynolds, ed. Acts of Love and Lust: Sexuality in Australia from 1945-2010. Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publlishing, pp. 130-150.
  • Baird, B. (2011). Historical contexts for a very public Australian lesbian coupling. In V Marsh, ed. Speak now: Australian perspectives on same-sex marriage. Melbourne, VIC: Clouds of Magellan, pp. 9-23.
  • Baird, B.J. (2009). Men behaving badly : the moral politics of white hegemonic masculinity in Australia. In Tanja Dreher and Christina Ho, ed. Beyond the hijab debates : new conversations on gender, race and religion. Newcastle on Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 90-104.
    [Web Link]
  • Baird, B. (2006). The futures of abortion. In Elizabeth McMahon, Brigitta Olubas, ed. Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis. Perth, WA: University of Western Australia Press, pp. 116-151.
  • Baird, B.J. (2005). The L Word: Histories, Theories and Contemporary Stories of Lesbianism. In Gail Hawkes and John Scott, ed. Perspectives in Human Sexuality. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press, pp. 61-84.
  • Baird, B.J. (2004). The view from women's studies and gender studies: Australian studies in a feminist context. In David Carter, Kate Darian-Smith and Gus Worby, ed. Thinking Australian studies : teaching across cultures. St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, pp. 147-163.
  • Baird, B.J. (Ed.). (2009). Intersections: Gender and Sexuality in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Baird, B.J. and Riggs, D.W. (Eds.). (2009). The racial politics of bodies, nations and knowledges. Newcastle on Tyne, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Baird, B.J. (Ed.). (2008). Guest Editor. UK: Routledge.
  • Baird, B.J. and Angelides, S. (Eds.). (2005). Editor: Special Issue: History of Sexuality. Melbourne, VIC: University of Melbourne.
  • Sheridan, S.M., Ryan, L., Baird, B. and Borrett, K.J. (2002). Who Was That Woman? The Australian Women's Weekly in the Postwar Years. Sydney, NSW: University of New South Wales Press.
  • Baird, B.J. (2010). In Honour of Susan Sheridan. Australian Feminist Studies, 25(65) pp. 353-359.
    [10.1080/08164649.2010.504297] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2001). The Death of a Great Australian. Journal of Australian Studies, 71 pp. 73-82.
  • Baird, B.J. (2001). Abortion. The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History, pp. 21-22.
  • Hosking, G.J., Mulholland, M. and Baird, B. (2015). 'We Are Doing Just Fine': The Children of Australian Gay and Lesbian Parents Speak Out. Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 11(4) pp. 327-350.
    [10.1080/1550428X.2014.988378] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2015). Happy Abortionists: Considering the Place of Doctors in the Practice of Abortion in Australia since the Early 1990s. Australian Feminist Studies, 29(82) pp. 419-434.
    [10.1080/08164649.2014.967740] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B.J. (2015). Medical abortion in Australia: a short history. Reproductive Health Matters, 23(46) pp. 169-176.
    [10.1016/j.rhm.2015.10.002] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2013). Abortion Politics during the Howard Years: Beyond Liberalisation. Australian Historical Studies, 44(2) pp. 245-261.
    [10.1080/1031461X.2013.791705] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2013). National Virtue and the 'media sexualisation of children' discourse in Australia. Sexualities, 16(5/6) pp. 651-664.
    [10.1177/1363460713487290] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2012). An Australian History of Lesbian Mothers: two points of emergence. Women's History Review, 21(5) pp. 849-865.
    [10.1080/09612025.2012.658179] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2012). Before the Bride Really Wore Pink. M/C Journal, 15(6)
    [Web Link]
  • Baird, B. (2011). In relation to a white father. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 7(2) pp. 1-22.
    [Web Link]
  • Baird, B.J. (2010). Ambivalent optimism: Women's and gender studies in Australian universities. Feminist Review, 95(1) pp. 111-126.
    [10.1057/fr.2009.58] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B.J. (2010). Religious Times, Religion Matters. Australian Feminist Studies, 25(66) pp. 447-452.
    [10.1080/08164649.2010.520682] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B.J. (2009). Morality and patriarchal white sovereignty : three stories of gang rape in Australia. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 11(3) pp. 372-391.
    [10.1080/14616740903017695] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B.J. (2009). The resignation of the Governor-General : family drama and national reproduction. Cultural Studies Review, 15(1) pp. 65-87.
  • Baird, B.J. (2008). Child politics, feminist analyses. Australian Feminist Studies, 23(57) pp. 291-305.
    [10.1080/08164640802263440] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B.J. (2007). 'Gay marriage', lesbian wedding. Gay and Lesbian Issues and Psychology Review, 3(3) pp. 161-170.
    [Web Link]
  • Baird, B. (2006). Maternity, whiteness and national identity: the case of abortion. Australian Feminist Studies, 21(50) pp. 197-221.
    [10.1080/08164640600736068] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2006). Sexual citizenship in 'the new Tasmania' Political Geography, 25(8) pp. 964-987.
    [10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.08.008] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2005). 'Kerryn and Jackie': thinking historically about lesbian marriages. Australian Historical Studies, 37(126) pp. 253-271.
    [Web Link]
  • Baird, B.J. (2004). Disciplining the aborting woman : social work and changing discourses of race, class and reproduciton in 1950s Australia. Osterreichische Zeitschrift fur Geschichtswissenschaft, 15(1) pp. 57-74.
    [Web Link]
  • Baird, B. (2004). Contexts for lesbian citizenships across Australian public spheres. Social Semiotics, 14(1) pp. 67-84.
    [10.1080/1035033042000202933] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2003). Sexual citizenship in Tasmania: stories of gay law reform. Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, 17(1) pp. 3-18.
    [10.1080/1030431022000048985]
  • Baird, B. (2001). Abortion, Questions, Ethics, Embodiment. History Workshop Journal, 52 pp. 197-216.
  • Baird, B. (2013). Abortion Politics during the Howard Years: Beyond Liberalisation. Australian Historical Studies, 44(2) pp. 245-261.
    [10.1080/1031461X.2013.791705] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2013). National Virtue and the 'media sexualisation of children' discourse in Australia. Sexualities, 16(5/6) pp. 651-664.
    [10.1177/1363460713487290] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2012). An Australian History of Lesbian Mothers: two points of emergence. Women's History Review, 21(5) pp. 849-865.
    [10.1080/09612025.2012.658179] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2011). In relation to a white father. Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 7(2) pp. 1-22.
    [Web Link]
  • Baird, B.J. (2009). The resignation of the Governor-General : family drama and national reproduction. Cultural Studies Review, 15(1) pp. 65-87.
  • Baird, B.J. (2009). Morality and patriarchal white sovereignty : three stories of gang rape in Australia. International Feminist Journal of Politics, 11(3) pp. 372-391.
    [10.1080/14616740903017695] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B.J. (2008). Child politics, feminist analyses. Australian Feminist Studies, 23(57) pp. 291-305.
    [10.1080/08164640802263440] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2006). Maternity, whiteness and national identity: the case of abortion. Australian Feminist Studies, 21(50) pp. 197-221.
    [10.1080/08164640600736068] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2006). Sexual citizenship in 'the new Tasmania' Political Geography, 25(8) pp. 964-987.
    [10.1016/j.polgeo.2006.08.008] [Scopus]
  • Baird, B. (2006). The futures of abortion. In Elizabeth McMahon, Brigitta Olubas, ed. Women Making Time: Contemporary Feminist Critique and Cultural Analysis. Perth, WA: University of Western Australia Press, pp. 116-151.

Professional and community engagement

In Tasmania and South Australia I have been actively involved in 'pro-choice' abortion politics and with local queer community activities.

In early 2013 I co-convened Adelaide's 'Let's End the Stigma - Abortion a Fact of Life' flashmob, under the auspices of Reproductive Choice Australia.

I have been a regular contributor to the forum program in FEAST, Adelaide's LGBT cutural festival, since its inception in 1997. In October 2012 I was appointed to the South Australian Department for Communities and Social Inclusion's Rainbow Council. The council existed for an eighteen month period (2013-2014) and supported the department in the devising of an LGBTTIQ inclusion strategy for the state government which was launched in early 2014.

In 2015, with Dr Ros Prosser from the University of Adelaide and under the umbrella of FEAST, I am co-convening the Remembering Dunstan project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexualtiy in South Australia and to remember the inspiring political leadership of former Premier Don Dunstan. The project will have two activities during FEAST in 2015 - a public lecture on Friday 13 November by law professor Nan Seuffert about 'queer' people seeking asylum in Australia and a troupe of Marching Dunstans in the Pride Parade on 14 November.

I have twice, in 2007 and 2012, with Dr Damien Riggs, co-convened the annual conference of the Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Studies Association.

Since 2010 I have, with fellow feminist academics from UniSA and the University of Adelaide, co-convened the South Australian Women's & Gender Studies Annual Public Lecture

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Abortion
  • Feminism
  • Gender studies
  • Lesbians

Contact

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